Carol Anne (Beck) VandenboomAugust 20, 1937 ~ July 8, 2017 (age 79)
Carol Anne Vandenboom, 79, died July 8 in Greensboro surrounded by loved ones, after several months of declining health.
She is survived by her daughter Michelle and son-in-law Matthew Mason of Greensboro, NC, her brother Robert Beck of Tulsa, OK, her sister-in-law Marie Beck of Rockford, IL, and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents Frederick J. Beck and Anne Tilman Beck, her brother Frederick H. Beck, her sister-in-law Jane Beck, her niece Deborah Beck Larson, and several dear cousins.
Carol was born in Roselle, NJ, on August 20, 1937, the youngest of three children. She graduated from SUNY-Potsdam with a degree in music education. After teaching school for several years, she taught piano in her home while raising her daughter. She then went on to a successful career in computer training, retiring from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009.
She spent her youth in New Jersey and New York, moving to Crystal Lake, IL in her thirties, and back to New York in her forties. In 1993, she moved to Cary, NC and eventually settled in Apex. She relocated to Greensboro in May 2016, living at Abbotswood, where she made a number of special friends. She enjoyed volunteering with Reading Connections and participating in Lit Chicks Book Club.
Carol cherished her family and friends, and above all else, she loved being a mother and spending time with children. She was an accomplished musician, playing piano by ear at the age of five, playing flute in the marching band, directing musicals, and singing in Sweet Adelines groups. She enjoyed reading, gourmet cooking, crossword puzzles, and the Sunday New York Times.
She was a gifted conversationalist and listener. With her sharp intellect and sense of humor, she had a unique ability to understand others. Her combination of insight and empathy made her a wonderful parent, family member, manager, and friend. To the end, she maintained that most situations could be improved with dark chocolate and a glass of chardonnay or perhaps another piece of jewelry or pair of shoes.
The family thanks her many physicians and the devoted staff at Abbotswood, Living Well @ Home, Cone Health, Kindred at Home, Legacy, and Whitestone Care and Wellness Center. In addition, a special thanks goes to Barbara Page, her wonderful friend who was by her side for many years and especially through her last several months.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Reading Connections, 122 N. Elm Street, Suite 920, Greensboro, NC 27401; www.readingconnections.org or Greensboro Public Library Foundation, PO Box 3178, Greensboro, NC 27402; www.greensborolibraryfoundation.org.